Technology is the most rapidly changing industry on the planet, with concepts and technologies becoming outdated in a matter of months sometimes. The tech industry requires a huge number of workers to keep everything running, but how many of them are treading on new ground with their work? We’re taking a look at some IT jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago.
The iOS and Android Developer
Apple first announced their iPhone back in 2007, and it wasn’t until 2008 that iOS was available on the App store. After nine years of iOS, there are now 2.8 million app developers that focus on iOS worldwide.
Google’s Android platform was announced in 2007, and with the first android handset released in 2008. There are now 2.2 million app developers focusing on Android worldwide.
Social Media Marketing
Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn were all founded between the years of 2003 and 2006, before then nobody knew what social media was and what it really meant to a business. Platforms such as MSN and MySpace were certainly not platforms employers considered to use in roles. Now Social Media is a big role in Marketing, with many companies considering Digital Marketing to hold more importance over traditional methods. Facebook in particular commands an immense influence over this industry, with many companies crediting Facebook for the majority of their engagement with their audience.
The Data Scientist
Nearly all of us depend on online activity, it’s now a place where we gain knowledge, meet new people and make ourselves known. Our digital lives have created an overwhelming flood of information. Luckily in the last five years we had data scientists come to the rescue to make sense of it.
A data scientist analyses the stats behind our online activity, using it to generate insights into our behaviour and patterns. From there the data can be applied to a number of different concepts, from improving websites, to personalising advertising to individual users.
The Big Data Architect
The concept of big data made itself known back in 2008, later on that year, the Computing Community published a white paper which pushed the term into the limelight.
A big data architect defines how a business’s data will be stored, consumed, integrated and managed by different data entities and IT systems, as well as any applications using or processing that data in some way. This translates to an enormously important role to large companies with a considerable web presence.
The UI/UX Designer
Now our lives depend on interacting with technology, our user interface and user experience designers have come to make our technical lives a lot more pleasant and a lot easier to use. With the new technologies we have today, it’s no wonder why these designers are so hot in demand. They’re responsible for the specifics of a homepage, the reimaging of an app’s layout, and making our favourite technologies user friendly.
Cloud Services Specialist
Amazon and Salesforce.com were the two companies that introduced the cloud computing to businesses throughout the early 2000’s. Today cloud services are known as reliable computing software and there is a high demand for these roles.
A cloud services specialist helps to keep these services running, by ensuring that users have consistent and reliable access to servers, storage and databases, as well as a broad set of applications all through the internet. And there we have it. The roles that were once non-existent, but yet are so popular today.